Fluke goal condemns Swaffham to defeat

Jamie Titmarsh
Jamie Titmarsh
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Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division

Swaffham Town 0 Ipswich Wanderers 1

Early fitness scares before the game required Danny Tindall to have a pre-match fitness test gave a glimmer of hope to the Pedlars’ bad luck changing when he passed his ‘MoT’ with flying colours, only for Nick Castellen to pick up a knee injury in the 18th minute.

Castellan’s early bath gave Tommy Hunt the opportunity to present his skills earlier than anticipated.

Mikey Thompson’s return to the team added more strength and experience to the midfield and his presence was clearly apparent. The Pedlars started strongly and had early opportunities. Ipswich came back into the game, rattling the cross-bar twice and forcing Dan Gentry to make a great save from a one on one. Half-time saw the teams go in even.

The breakthrough came in the 73rd minute, Gentry beaten by a wicked deflection, wrong-footed by the ball being closed down by Toby Millward, and the Wanderers shot clipping his calf dramatically changing direction to sneak in past the near post.

Wanderers ‘parked the bus’ and maintained their clean sheet, Mikey Thompson coming close in the final minute from the edge of the box, forcing a fine save from the Wanderers keeper to push over the bar.

Att:45.

A tough League encounter midweek comes up, with Saffron Walden Town the visitors tonight.

The Under 18’s tomorrow evening are away to bottom place Lakeford Rangers.

Division One

Coggeshall Town 27 19 6 2 67 63

Stowmarket Town 26 18 7 1 61 60*

Haverhill Borough 27 17 6 4 38 57

Diss Town 24 16 3 5 28 51

Woodbridge Town 25 15 4 6 54 49

Framlingham Town 26 13 7 6 9 46

Braintree Town 27 15 1 11 3 46

Holland FC 23 13 4 6 38 43

Halstead Town 24 11 8 5 4 41

Downham Town 25 10 8 7 9 38

Wisbech St Mary 26 10 7 9 -1 37

Whitton United 28 11 0 17 -22 33

Cornard United 28 8 7 13 -12 31

King’s Lynn Town 23 8 5 10 1 29

Team Bury 27 9 2 16 -15 29

March Town United 28 7 7 14 -31 28

Debenham LC 25 7 5 13 -22 26

AFC Sudbury 27 7 4 16 -17 25

Needham Market 29 5 2 22 -69 17

Dereham Town 26 3 3 20 -52 12

Leiston 25 2 2 21 -71 8

* Adjustment made